Talks between the Jets and former Packers coach Mike McCarthy broke down as a result of differences in staffing issues, according to CBS Sports.
New York was very interested in making a deal work with McCarthy, but the former Lombardi Trophy winner had “some concerns about the structure and composition of the Jets’ front office,” the report says, which cited unidentified sources.
The two sides had a productive interview, but as the process continued, it became obvious McCarthy “was not going to mesh with” the direction the franchise is heading.
Per CBS Sports:
Specifically, sources said, the Jets asked to see a list of a potential coaching staff so that they could peruse and consider the options. McCarthy complied with the request but began to have reservations about the process at this point, sources said, and was unsure if this would in fact be a match.
The Jets went on to hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. Miami parted ways with Gase at the end of December after he led the Dolphins for three seasons.
McCarthy, 55, was fired by the Packers at the beginning of December following Green Bay’s loss to the Cardinals in Week 13. He had been the Packers’ coach since 2006, spending 13 seasons at the helm. McCarthy went 125-77-2, won a Super Bowl and took his team to the playoffs nine times.
Although McCarthy garnered interest from multiple teams around the league, he reportedly plans to sit out the 2019 season.